- July 2003 · 296pages · 216x138mm
- ·Paperback - 9780708317624
'One notable characteristic of this volume is its consistent engagement with key methodological and interpretative concerns. All of the essays show clear signs of participation in a coherent critical conversation; it is refreshing, and a credit to the editors, to see this degree of conceptual as well as topical coherence in a collection of essays.' Modern Language Review
'...fascinating and scholarly volume, well presented...a must for all libraries.' Analecta Cartusiana
Introduction – Anke Bernau, Sarah Salih and Ruth Evans; 1. When is a Bosom not a Bosom? Problems with Erotic Mysticism(Sarah Salih; 2. The Sheela-na-gig. An Incongruous Sign of Sexual Purity? – Juliette Dor; 3. Virginity and Chastity tests in Medieval Welsh Prose – Jane Cartwright; 4. Four Virgins’ Tales – Sex and Power in Medieval Law – Kim M. Phillips; 5. The Labour of Continence – Masculine Clerical Virginity – John H. Arnold 6. Virginity in the Construction of Edward the Confessor as a Saint – Joanna Huntington; 7. Alchemy and the Exploration of Late Medieval Sexuality – Jonathan Hughes; 8. The Jew, the Host and the Virgin Martyr – Fantasies of the Sentient Body – Ruth Evans; 9. Can the Virgin Martyr Speak? – Robert Mills -10. Saint, Witch, Man, Maid or Whore? Joan of Arc and Writing History – Anke Bernau; 11. Afterword – Jocelyn Wogan-Browne.